Last month at an innovation conference in Sacramento, a government executive sat on stage and qualified a reference to "agile" with "dare I say it," implying the term has sometimes been overused, confusing or misapplied in the public sector.
A recent report by the Defense Science Board (DSB) praises the Department of Defense for its move towards greater use of agile approaches, and discusses the advantages of agile for ongoing development of cyber defense capabilities.
Steve Kelman's column in FCW discusses the benefits and future of tech demos - the practice in government procurement of allowing IT vendors to show what they can do instead of relying purely on the complicated proposal process.
'Micro-consulting' could grant small businesses expanded opportunities for introducing innovation, while making it 'safer' for federal agencies to take risks and experiment with targeted outcomes.
As agencies seek to fill the void of knowledgeable staff inside federal IT shops, agile methods can help non-technical government workers better understand and monitor the products of IT contractors.
Multi-vendor competition for agile sprints and the idea of having individual sprints done on a fixed-price basis could revolutionize gov IT the way SpaceX has revolutionized rocket and satellite building.
Steve Kelman of FCW writes about his conversation with John Inman, a contracting officer at USCIS, discussing the real-world challenges faced by contractors and project managers making the switch to agile.
Automated tools and frequent demonstrations of work make post-award monitoring of Agile government contracts more effective.